Nov 26, 2021



Our dinner was delicious, so much so that after I took a few prep photos, I abandoned the camera and enjoyed the eating!

 NOT visible? A small ham, mac&cheese, the dressing and the collards.

It was delicious, and will still be so for the next  few days. I'll add a photo or two from those meals later.

Nov 25, 2021

I Told You So.....The Kay Ivey Confederate Protection Law Comes to Our "Rescue"!



City of Montgomery Faces Fine for Changing Name of Jeff Davis Avenue

Avenue Dedication Ceremony

Fred Gray poses with the street renamed in his honor at the Fred D. Gray Avenue dedication ceremony, Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2021, in Montgomery, Ala. The civil-rights attorney was honored with his name on the road previously known as W. Jeff Davis Avenue. (AP Photo/Vasha Hunt)

The Alabama attorney general’s office says the City of Montgomery owes a $25,000 fine for changing the name of Jeff Davis Avenue, named after Confederate President Jefferson Davis.

The Alabama attorney general’s office sent a letter to Montgomery officials saying the city must pay $25,000 for violating a 2017 state law protecting Confederate monuments and other longstanding memorials.

Montgomery city officials last month renamed Jeff Davis Avenue for attorney Fred D. Gray who represented Rosa Parks and other civil rights figures.

Gray, who is now 90 years old but still practices law, grew up on the street, which intersects Rosa Parks Avenue, creating a physical connection to the two national civil rights leaders.

Montgomery Mayor Steven Reed said changing the name was the right thing to do. Reed said donors have offered to pay the fine for the city. He said they are also considering taking the matter to court.

(Copyright 2021 The Associated Press contributed to this report. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without permission.)


Categories: Montgomery, News

The Holiday (NOT)

 Thanks Giving.

NPR reports on today being a day of mourning for some Native America Tribes:

"Members of Native American tribes from around New England are gathering in the seaside town where the Pilgrims settled — not to give thanks, but to mourn Indigenous people worldwide who've suffered centuries of racism and mistreatment.

Thursday's solemn National Day of Mourning observance in downtown Plymouth, Massachusetts, will recall the disease and oppression that European settlers brought to North America.

"We Native people have no reason to celebrate the arrival of the Pilgrims," said Kisha James, a member of the Aquinnah Wampanoag and Oglala Lakota tribes and the granddaughter of Wamsutta Frank James, the event's founder.


     But don't tell that to the tribe in and around Montgomery. The Poarch Creek casinos are open, as are their restaurants, serving Thanksgiving Day meals.

Not a word of protest that I could find.


Wednesday's Triple Guilty Verdicts

 Ahmaud Arbery (1994-2020) •


"...our justice system is so racially biased, so often allowing vigilantes and police officers to kill Black people with impunity, that simply having the system not perform in that way becomes extraordinary.

I want to applaud possibility.

I want to clap and shout and dance because I need to be assured that while the racism that ails America may be chronic and metastatic, it needn’t be unfailing and terminal."

     (from a Charles Blow column in the NY Times)

Nov 24, 2021

AP: proposed fines for Ship-owner


ATLANTA — State environmental regulators are proposing a $3 million fine for the Hyundai Glovis Co. logistics and shipping firm after a cargo ship carrying vehicles capsized and polluted ocean waters off the Georgia coast.

In an order posted Tuesday, the Georgia Environmental Protection Division said that pollutants, petroleum products and debris from the South Korean freighter Golden Ray were discharged into the water.


     Which sounds like a lot of money, till you consider the company also lost the ship...and more than three-thousand brand new cars it was transporting.

The total cost of the shipwreck?

About $1-Billion dollars, reports

 So what's another $3-Million?


Anti-Union Hyundai Plant in Montgomery Stalling EV production

(From The Korea Herald)

Hyundai Motor affirms EV production in US but why the delay? 
Biden administration’s selective incentives for US makers, battery procurement issue hamper Korean automaker’s planned EV production there

Black Confederate Soldiers?


The Montgomery Advertiser has published a story about some black Gadsden men who some say served as confederate soldiers in the Civil War. And it quotes the P.R. person for the Alabama Historical Commission, who seems to want to have it both ways:


“Whether or not they are defined as soldiers is a subject of debate...historians as a whole are not always in complete agreement, and that is important. Different perspectives offer us more opportunities for critical thinking.”

Postcard from Mars


Details HERE.

Nov 23, 2021

Georgia Rejects Name-Change Advisories

 From a Washington Post STORY.

The University System of Georgia’s governing board on Monday rejected the recommendation of an advisory group to rename 75 buildings and colleges on campuses across the state that honor individuals who supported slavery, racial segregation and other forms of oppression.

Among the buildings at issue are more than two dozen at the flagship University of Georgia. Aderhold Hall, according to the advisory group’s report, is named for a 20th-century president of the university, Omer Clyde “O.C.” Aderhold, who was a “committed segregationist.”

Happy Anniversary to Me!

 Today is the 14th anniversary of the launch of


     I was working as host of "For The Record" on Alabama Public Television when I started the website, primarily as a place online to display my photography. I now have a separate website for that purpose.

I'm retired now, giving me a lot more time to work on both the websites and the photography.

Thank you for visiting!


Nov 22, 2021


    From a Hyundai news release about one of their vehicles "starring" in the new Spider-man movie:

 ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ is the first film from the Hyundai-Sony strategic partnership, with additional marketing schemes to support future films in 2022."

I wondered about the use of the word schemes in a news release promoting a product. I've always considered the word somewhat negative, as referenced in this posting from Merriam-Webster:

"For the antedating of the week we will turn away from the world of politics, and focus instead on political shenanigans. The word scheme was pulled from the quiver of many a political journalist and headline writer this week, after a pair of men claimed to have evidence of past sexual misconduct by Robert Mueller. There appears to be widespread skepticism regarding the veracity of these claims.

Special counsel Robert Mueller has asked the FBI to investigate an alleged scheme to manufacture sexual assault stories about him.
Politico (, 30 Oct. 2018

We define this sense of scheme as “a plan or program of action; especially, a crafty or secret one.” However, the word has a significant number of other meanings, including “a graphic sketch or outline,” “a design,” and “a mathematical or astronomical diagram.” The oldest known meaning of the word, now obsolete, is “a figure of speech,” and our earliest evidence for this had been from 1553. However, recent findings have pushed this date back to 1540."


     Still, I would avoid using the word when it can be misinterpreted.


Nov 21, 2021

Cost of Gun Deaths



In an average year, 1,054 people die by guns.

With a rate of 21.6 deaths per 100,000 people,  

Alabama has the 2nd-highest rate of gun deaths in the US.

The gun suicide rate in
Alabama is 57% higher
than the national gun suicide rate.

Alabama has the
3rd-highest societal cost of gun
violence in the US at
$1,654 per person each year.

Gun deaths and injuries cost Alabama
$8 billion, of which $433 million is paid by taxpayers.


38,826 people die by guns each year, a rate of 11.7 deaths per 100,000 people.)

(More Alabama Information HERE,

Source: HERE.

Nov 20, 2021

Who will "get" Rittenhouse interview?

Where else would he go?

"Fox News to interview Kyle Rittenhouse amid protests over not guilty verdict

Sit-down with Tucker Carlson, one of Fox’s most extreme hosts, is likely to cement Rittenhouse’s popularity among conservatives."

Story HERE.


Maybe FOX can hire him as a crime analyst?



      Does former president Trump have a grievance staff to keep track of slights against him by people worldwide? 

     The Wall Street Journal's Michael Bender reports Trump is offering to endorse Lynda Blanchard to run against Kay Ivey for Alabama Governor, if she agrees to drop out of the Alabama U.S. Senate race:



Nov 19, 2021

Happy Friday: Weekend Link

 Use a few of your free weekend minutes to see interesting design ideas from around the world. Some of them might inspire design in your hometown!!!!

Like this simple addition to parking:

"Such a small detail, but such a great way of helping people park inside the lines. It might sound like a minor inconvenience, but there is nothing more annoying than thinking you have parked inside the lines only to open your car door and realize you actually parked over the line. These wall markings are simply genius."